A school bus driver and a student were killed when a school bus carrying children was involved in a highway crash in eastern Tennessee on Tuesday, authorities said.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, seven other children were taken to a Chattanooga hospital, WTVC reported. One child was in critical condition, the television station reported.
Lt. Bill Miller of the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed the crash and fatalities, WZTV reported. The crash occurred near Decatur near the county line that separates Meigs and Bradley counties east of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
Tonight was a tremendous tragedy in Meigs County with a school bus crash involving a commercial vehicle, resulting in two deaths & multiple injuries. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and the Meigs Co. community. pic.twitter.com/QiUvWeSLmj
— THPChattanooga (@THPChattanooga) October 28, 2020
The student killed was a 7-year-old girl, WTVC reported.
According to WDEF-TV, the Meigs County school bus collided with a utility service vehicle on the highway.
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According to a statement from the Meigs County Board of Education, Meigs County Bus #12-1 was on its afternoon route with 22 children on board when the crash happened, WZTV reported.
According to investigators, a service electric truck was heading north on Highway 58 when the driver lost control and overcorrected, the television station reported. The truck reentered the highway and skidded into the oncoming bus lane.